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March 7, 2017



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Panasonic Avionics Seeks Dismissal of CoKinetic Lawsuit

Panasonic Avionics is planning to pursue an immediate dismissal of the lawsuit filed last week by CoKinetic Systems. The software company claims Panasonic engaged in unlawful practices to monopolize the market for in-flight entertainment software and media services. In a statement, PAC said, “The allegations are without merit and Panasonic Avionics intends to contest the suit. This lawsuit involves a dispute around the commercial terms of a long-standing business relationship between CoKinetic and Panasonic Avionics.” PAC also said that the timing of the lawsuit was “suspicious,” given that CoKinetic had issued a press release celebrating the companies’ 10-year partnership last October.

Runway Girl Network | Related CoKinetic Systems sues Panasonic Avionics – Inflight online



Trump Signs a Revised Travel Ban That Is Narrower in Scope

Donald Trump has issued a revised version of the executive immigration order signed on January 27 and subsequently blocked by federal courts. Signed yesterday, the order temporarily excludes citizens from six countries from entering the US as of March 16. Iraq has been dropped from the list of countries included in the ban, which now includes Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The new order exempts permanent US residents and current visa holders but retains the long-term goal of restricting visas and refugee admissions. Commenting on the revised order, a spokesperson for IATA said, the association “advocates for borders that are open to people and trade,” but “also recognizes that states have the right and duty to protect their citizens by enforcing their borders.”

Air Transport World | Related Trump travel ban: Targeted nations condemn new US order – BBC News



ICAO Adopts New Aircraft CO2 Emissions Standard

The International Civil Aviation Organization has adopted a global standard for CO2 aircraft emissions, building on an agreement reached in February 2016. Starting in 2020, the standard will initially apply to new aircraft types, before being rolled out to in-production aircraft as of 2028. “International civil aviation has once again taken pioneering action to address the impact of aviation CO2 emissions on the global climate, making air transport the first industry sector globally to adopt a CO2 emissions design certification standard,” said ICAO Council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.

International Airport Review | Related Hawaiian Airlines Is First US Airline to Help Monitor Climate Change – Skift



Air Canada Adopts Amadeus’ Online Merchandizing Technology

Air Canada has adopted Amadeus’ merchandizing technology to support the flight search functionality on its newly relaunched The partnership with Amadeus means travel agents in North America can now offer customers personalized options such as preferred and advanced seat selection during or after booking. “Amadeus’ unique distribution technology platform will enable Air Canada to continue to evolve our complete range of products, fare families and ancillary content,” said Duncan Bureau, VP of Global Sales at Air Canada. “We are now able to provide the best merchandising capabilities for our agency partners in North America through Amadeus.”

Travel Week | Related Air Canada Unveils Sleek New Brand Design – Forbes



Closing Skies? Airlines in an Age of Protectionism

With protectionism on the rise, what does the future bode for the aviation industry, which both enables and depends on globalization? The knock-on effects of the US President’s travel ban disproportionately fell on international airlines, while legal experts are warning Brexit could mean Britain’s airplanes could be left with nowhere to land. Meanwhile, investors like Warren Buffett are pouring money into acquiring shares in US carriers, on the back of two years of record industry profits. IATA’s January global passenger traffic figures released today show a 9.6 percent rise compared to last year. Despite IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac’s fears over the current global political climate, he acknowledged “2017 is off to a very strong start.”

APEX Media | Related Drawbridges up: The new divide in rich countries – The Economist



Embraer to Unveil E195-E2 at Employee-Only Ceremony in São José dos Campos

Embraer’s second E-Jet E2 variant, the E195-E2, will roll off the assembly line today in São José dos Campos, Brazil. More than 10,000 employees are expected to attend the staff-only ceremony for the unveiling of the largest jet ever produced in Brazil. “This is [an Embraer] aircraft that low-cost carriers will, for the first time, look at in a very serious fashion,” said Embraer Commercial Aviation president and CEO John Slattery. “I believe it is going to be an aircraft that larger legacy carriers and LCCs in North America are going to seriously consider.” The E195-E2 is scheduled to enter service in 2019 with an unnamed launch operator.

Air Transport World | Related Embraer’s new passenger jet to enter service first with Norwegian carrier – The National



British Airways to Reduce Seat Pitch on Some Short-Haul Routes

British Airways will reduce average legroom on some European flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, as it plans to fit more passengers into its Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. The revised layout will add two rows, bringing an extra 12 seats to the cabin. The move reduces seat pitch by one inch to 29 inches – the same as easyJet, but less than Ryanair. “From next year, we’re making a small increase to the number of seats on our A320 and A321 fleet so we can keep fares low,” a BA spokesperson told The Daily Mail.

Business Traveller | Related British Airways tops Superbrands survey again – Business Traveller




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> Tweet of the Day

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Association News

APEX MMM: Draw for Free Accommodation Extended to March 10

APEX MultiMedia Market, the industry’s most comprehensive in-flight content conference for connecting buyers and sellers, will take place in Berlin from April 24 to 26. Registration is complimentary for APEX airline members and includes access to the educational program, the networking event and the exhibit hall, where top global distributors will be showing off an extensive library of new content specifically licensed for airlines. Lunch and coffee will be provided each day. APEX airline members who register by Friday, March 10 will be included in a draw for a complimentary three-night stay at the Mercure Hotel MOA Berlin, where APEX MMM will take place (some restrictions apply).


Sponsorship Opportunities at APEX Events

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> Quote of the Day

“I wanted real adventures to happen to myself. But real adventures, I reflected, do not happen to people who remain at home: they must be sought abroad.”

James Joyce, Dubliners


Until tomorrow



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